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Smoke from the Woolsey fire hangs in a pall over Malibu. Photo: KTLA

Devastating fires have had little impact on wine quality, but critics can sniff an opportunity.

In recent years the whole en primeur circus has begun to seem a little tired.

With Bordeaux an ‘investment vehicle for the 1%’, it’s time to seek out future classics from Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.

A tractor passes vineyards in South Africa. Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The drought in South Africa’s Northern and Western Cape provinces is billed as the worst on record, with Cape Town residents forsaking baths in favor of 90-second showers. At least the wine is getting better.

Bottles of wine for shipment are at the ready. Photo: Eric Risberg

There are a few places like New York City or Buenos Aires where anything not tied down can be delivered. That is not the case in most of the world, and much of the United States has been hungry for better delivery services, particularly in the suburbs and less-urban areas of the country.

SA's Seppeltsfield Wines first invested in virtual reality technology in 2016. Photo: Seppeltsfield Winery

Australian winemakers are turning to virtual and augmented reality technology in a bid to tap into international markets.

The Federal Government recently coughed up $2.8 million for a handful of Australian winemaking associations or bodies to invest in tourism projects.